Oil tanker in Bayou Sorrel catches fire

Published: Mar. 15, 2016 at 2:10 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2016 at 8:31 PM CDT
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Source: WAFB
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BAYOU SORREL, LA (WAFB) - Authorities responded to an oil tanker fire in Iberville Parish on Tuesday.

The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office reported an old oil tanker caught fire in Bayou Sorrel around 8:30 a.m.

C&R Platforms, who owns the old oil tank, said crews were out demolishing a platform when they believe residual on the tank sparked the fire.

"It was going to be closed in and shut down," said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.

Authorities said the tanker had 400 to 500 barrels on board. There were no injuries and crews were letting the fire burn itself out.

"It was determined by the fire department to have it all burn off instead of wetting it and causing some environmental damage to the area," said Stassi.

Officials with IPSO said there was another tanker nearby with more barrels of oil. They added it did not caught fire and crews were taking pumps out to the tank to ensure it stayed cool and did not catch on fire.

The Coast Guard headed out to the scene to monitor the area for environmental purposes. DEQ was also been notified.

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